By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Temple's KeTara Chapel and Tyesha Taylor gave want and desire tangible definitions.
The Tem-Cats duo of 6-footers combined for 23 points and 14 rebounds in the first half and Temple broke out of a fourth-place tie with Shoemaker with a 52-30 drubbing of the Lady Grey Wolves.
Taylor, a 6-3 sophomore, led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Chapel, a 6-2 junior, added 14 points and nine rebounds and were nearly unstoppable in building the Tem-Cats' (19-7, 3-2 12-5A) insurmountable 29-12 halftime lead.
"The girls understood going in that both of us were tied 2-2 (in District 12-5A). We knew that and I made sure that they were aware that this was not the old Shoemaker team that everybody's used to seeing," Temple coach Tamarah Sanders said. "The Shoemaker girls, they play hard and so we knew we had to come in with two-times as much energy and intensity as they would have."
Kiara Rawls scored eight of her 11 points in the third quarter to help Shoemaker ( 12-12, 2-3) cut its deficit to 11.
Rawls' second 3-pointer of the third cut Temple's lead to 32-21 with four minutes left in the quarter, but Rykeya Johnson scored on a layup and Jazzmine Ortiz converted a three-point play to steal Shoemaker's rallying momentum.
"It fizzled out. There was no consistency tonight, and I will say this, that's the worst that I've seen us play," Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers said. "We played well against A&M (Consolidated). Even though we lost by seven, we played well against them and we come back and we play like this and I can't tell you where that (Shoemaker) team (tonight) came from."
Hailee Showers finished with 10 points for the Lady Grey Wolves and Cion Hicks chipped in seven to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.
Temple outrebounded Shoemaker 41-26 in the game and scored 19 points on 20 offensive rebounds, including nine on eight boards in the first quarter to jump out to a 17-5 lead.
With the loss, Shoemaker fell into a fifth-place tie with Ellison, while Temple and Copperas Cove are now tied for third. No. 8 Harker Heights and A&M Consolidated lead the district with unblemished 5-0 12-5A records.
Showers scored on the first possession of the game, but the Tem-Cats answered with buckets on their first six possessions to take a 12-2 lead with 4:15 left in the quarter.
Chapel and Taylor combined for 15 of Temple's 17 points in the first quarter and nine of its 12 rebounds.
"Those two, they just do a good job of playoff each other," Sanders said. "KaTara does a wonderful job of assisting (Taylor) down low and the other girls they just feed off of that down-low energy. They get us going and we just thrive from that."
Rawls hit two 3s and Hicks converted a three-point play for the Lady Grey Wolves in the third quarter, but the Taylor scored four as the Tem-Cats closed the period on an 11-2 run to stretch their lead to 20 going into the fourth.
"Lack of execution, lack of hustle," Shauna Showers said. "They just outworked us, they outplayed us, played like they wanted it and we didn't."